Planet Organic's Home Compostable Packaging

Planet Organic's Home Compostable Packaging

Today the UK produces 5 million tons of plastic waste every year, with only 26 per cent of it recycled, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Customers are also increasingly aware and concerned about plastic waste and its detrimental impact on the planet.  It is only fair that they are now asking for sustainable alternatives.

At Planet Organic our mission is to promote health in our communities by providing a healthier and lower impact shopping model, and to inspire our customers to eat well and live better. As a company, we strive to be ethically innovative in every aspect of our operation.

With a growing awareness and concern around plastic waste and its detrimental on the planet, consumers are asking for sustainable alternatives to plastic and want to limit their waste.

Over the years we have undertaken various actions to offer a new “shopping model” to our customers:
  • No plastic bags (for over 12 years)
  • Unpackaged section in our community stores allowing to buy without the use of packaging
  • Loose fruit and vegetables
  • All our stores are Zero Edible Food Waste: At the end of every day we donate all our edible food to volunteers who redistribute it to the local community via OLIO, the food sharing platform.
Despite these efforts, “ultra-convenience” under the form of single use packaging was still the missing piece. The grocery industry is one of the most visible sources of single-use plastic. Consumers are dealing with it every day in their own homes, which makes them feel complicit in the problem. Film and flexible packaging used for single use item amount to around 400,000 tonnes of plastic used in the UK per year. However, just 4% is currently recycled.

These materials are extremely difficult to collect and process. Moreover, they often contain food, which makes them impossible to recycle in the plastic waste stream.

The challenge was big. Being certified organic means that we need to obey by strict packaging standards.

Compostable packaging provides a smart solution for this problem. These materials shift away from the inefficient mechanical recycling stream, into a nature-based solution that can be returned safely to the earth. Our packaging free from GMO and made from renewable sources.
Once we had settled on offering convenience in a compostable packaging to our customers it took us a few years of researching, testing and redeveloping, to finally introduce a range of 120 organic store cupboard ingredients, in home compostable packaging. Later we introduced our Raw Macaroons, Low Sugar Praline truffles and more recently our Keto bars onto a home compostable film packaging. Our chocolate covered nuts & raisins was launched in an industrial compostable packaging until we can switch to a home compostable alternative.

The bag we use have been certified by the TUV as OK Home Compostable and even though we hope they don’t end up here, they are certified as marine compostable too. When these bags break down, they will leave no toxic residue, unlike biodegradable or plastic packaging.